Giant Killers: Why Oklahoma, Arizona are vulnerable

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Maybe the NCAA men's basketball committee is getting smarter, or perhaps my colleague Joe Lunardi is giving them a bit too much credit in advance. Either way, this business of picking out vulnerable "Giants" under the Giant Killers model has traditionally been more straightforward.

Not this year. Based on the 16 teams that Joe is projecting for the top four seed lines, it would be said that the committee had done, on the whole, a good job seeding the top of the bracket. There wouldn't seem to be many opportunities for Giants to be upset by "Killers" seeded at least five lines below them.

There are, however, two prominent exceptions to this rule.